14.10.2011 - UNESCO Venice Office

Building capacities for the inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in Montenegro

©Lazar Pejovic -Folk costume from Šestani and Bregasor folk costume

A first national capacity building workshop on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in Montenegro will be organized by the UNESCO Venice Office in close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro and the National Commission for UNESCO, from 24 to 31 October 2011, in Cetinje. The event will bring together experts, NGOs, community members and actors at the heart of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The objective is to build capacity of the local communities, local authorities, government officials, NGOs and other stakeholders to inventory intangible cultural heritage following a community-based approach.

The 8-day workshop will provide participants with the necessary knowledge, skills and tools for effective documentation and inventorying of intangible cultural heritage under the 2003 Convention and will also include a fieldwork practicum at the end of the workshop.

The facilitators of the workshop, Chiara Bortolotto from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Sasha Sreckovic, from the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade, were both trained by UNESCO within a special training of trainers programme for the European region (“Strengthening national capacities for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage”) organized by UNESCO, in cooperation with the Bulgarian National Commission, in Sofia, Bulgaria (14-18 March 2011). The main objective of this training workshop was to present comprehensive training curricula prepared on 4 different aspects of the 2003 Convention, in response to the needs expressed by the State Parties, and to form trainers for their further introduction:  Implementing the Convention at national level; Ratifying the 2003 Convention; Community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage; Preparing nominations for the Urgent Safeguarding List. Additional material is being prepared for 4 other themes: preparing requests for international assistance; preparing nominations to the Representative List, participation of NGOs and Civil Society in implementing the Convention, preparation of periodic reports on the implementation of the Convention.

As a direct follow-up, the UNESCO Venice Office is seeking now to support training and capacity-building seminars at national levels, in the South-East European region. The strategic emphasis of the Office in the coming years will lie on strengthening capacities of different stakeholders to safeguard intangible cultural heritage at the national level, and to benefit effectively from the opportunities and mechanisms of international cooperation created by the 2003 Convention, now successfully ratified by all Member States of the SEE region.

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